DOLE intensifies safety at work in establishments

To prevent accident while in the work place, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 conducts Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) orientation.

DOLE conducted this lately at a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) establishment in Iloilo City.

The campaign is a pro-active response to avoid accident similar to what happend in a mall in Davao City recenty that claimed the lives of 37 mall employees.

According to Amalia Judicpa, Regional Information Office of DOLE Region 6, the orientation on OSH was attended by the company nurses, administrative staff and members of the safety committee.

This initiative is in response to directive of DOLE 6 Regional Director Johnson G. Cañete, to step up campaign on workplace safety and health, and the monitoring of companies’ compliance on OSH as well as the emergency preparedness of the Ilonggo workforce in the Region.

Simultaneous with this activity was a meeting of DOLE 6 officials with members of the Iloilo Federation of Information and Technology (IFIT), an organization of the different IT-BPO companies, about the plan to hold OSH Orientation at the plant-level to be conducted by the DOLE Labor Laws Compliance Officers and the Regional Coordinator of the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Western Visayas. Fourteen IT-BPO company-representatives from Iloilo City attended the said meeting.

Topics to be discussed during the proposed plant-level orientation will focus on the importance of OSH in IT-BPO companies particularly the importance of creating a Safety Committee in the workplace. The different BPO companies were requested to submit their respective Safety and Health Action Plans as basis for the subsequent action of DOLE Regional Office 6.*